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COMMENTS 

An interview with the President of the European Court of Human Rights

Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights since September 2012, has served as a Judge in the Court for over a decade. In a recent interview with the UCL Law Society’s Silk v. Brief, highlights of which are condensed in the blog post below, he discusses the evolving role of human rights in Europe, and explores the complicated relationship between the UK and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Dean Spielmann
23 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

In Defence of Rights

Philippe Sands, Professor of Law at UCL and practising barrister in international law, and Helena Kennedy, a leading barrister and academic in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues, were members of the 2011 Commission on a Bill of Rights. In highlights from a recent article in the London Review of Books, they discuss how human rights intersect with politics, examine the UK’s strained relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights, and question the possible motivations lying behind the proposed Bill.
Prof. Philippe Sands 
Helena Kennedy
1 April 2015 More...

Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

With the Eurozone crisis not yet over, Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, reviews the Hertie Governance Report 2015 as it analyses the key issues facing the European Institutions in terms of economic governance. As ad hoc solutions are found to deal with urgent matters, what does this mean for political accountability and reform in the EU, and what lessons have been learnt?
Prof. Albert Weale
14 April 2015 More...

Starts: Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Call: Ideas for Horizon 2020 bids?

17 February 2014

The UCL European Institute offers to facilitate discussions that may lead to collaborative bids


The European Commission has recently published the first Work Programmes and Calls for Proposals under its new flagship Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. It is the biggest such programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

As with the previous Framework Programmes, H2020 involves a complex application process and the collaboration of many partners. The European Institute offers UCL research staff a platform to discuss and develop project ideas that are very broadly speaking Europe-related, particularly from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

We do not offer expert support with or advice on the proposal writing stage, although we will offer links with UCL offices that do. Above all, we wish to stimulate, brainstorm and support the development of ideas and intellectual rationales that have the potential to develop into H2020 bids.

If you are interested in taking part in such exploratory discussions, please email us with a brief outline of your research interest and proposal idea.


Relevant Calls:

Horizon 2020 no longer provides a separate pillar to social science/humanities areas; these have instead been integrated into all other areas, making them harder to identify. With the help of UCL's European Research and Innovation Office we have extracted a summary of calls (with deadlines 2014 and 2015), which might be of particular interest. Below an excerpt of these - the full list is available upon request.

  • REFLECTIVE-2-2015: Emergence and transmission of European cultural heritage and Europeanisation
  • REFLECTIVE-3-2015: European cohesion, regional and urban policies and the perceptions of Europe
  • REFLECTIVE-4-2015: Cultural opposition in the former socialist countries
  • REFLECTIVE-6-2015: Innovation ecosystems of digital cultural assets
  • EURO-1-2014: Resilient and sustainable economic and monetary union in Europe
  • EURO-3-2014: European societies after the crisis
  • EURO-4-2014: Political challenges for Europe
  • INT-3-2015: Europe's contribution to a value-based global order and its contestants
  • INT-8-2015: The European Union and the Eastern Partnership